Medical Center & Health Care
2/2/2016 Stony Brook Infectious Disease Experts Weigh In on Zika VirusThe World Health Organization has declared the spread of the Zika virus an international public health emergency, a rare move that signals the seriousness of the outbreak and gives countries powerful new tools to fight it.
1/27/2016 Kidney Transplant Patient Beats the Odds and the StormA powerful nor'easter pummeled Long Island on Saturday, January 23rd, which forced emergency travel bans, created flooding in some areas and buried the region with nearly 30 inches of snow. But it didn't stop Stony Brook University Hospital's Transplant Team and Paramedics from getting Melanie Chirichella to the operating room once a match was identified at the peak of winter storm Jonas.
1/20/2016 Alzheimer's Diagnosis Complicated by History of Reading ProblemsCorrectly diagnosing Alzheimer's disease remains a challenge for medical professionals. Now, a new study published in the current issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease reveals a new clue to possible misdiagnosis. The study found that older adults with a history of reading problems perform similarly on some neuropsychological tests to those who show signs of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) associated with early Alzheimer's disease. The finding, based on the results of a Stony Brook University-led research team in collaboration with Boston University School of Medicine, emphasize the need for professionals to take into account developmental history and have a broad understanding of neuropsychological testing when interpreting the meaning of low memory test scores.
1/11/2016 Something to Smile AboutA Congolese boy who was left severely disfigured after being attacked by a group of chimpanzees near his village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, will undergo a rare facial reconstruction surgery at Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
12/31/2015 Heart Attack Patients with History of Bypass Surgery Prone to Delayed TreatmentHeart attack patients who had previously undergone cardiac bypass surgery are about twice as likely to have a delay in receiving angioplasty, or another form of revascularization, compared to heart attack patients who had no history of bypass surgery or previous angioplasty. This finding, from a study led by a Stony Brook Heart Institute cardiologist Luis Gruberg, MD, and published in the journal of the American College of Cardiology Interventions, may lead to a finding new ways to improve hospital arrival to treatment times for heart attack patients with a bypass history.
12/28/2015 Holiday Treat: Patients at Stony Brook Children's "Meet the Matz"Steven Matz, New York Mets pitcher and native of Stony Brook, brought holiday cheer and big smiles to the faces of dozens of Long Island's youngest Mets fans - pediatric patients at Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
12/22/2015 Long Island Veterans Salute Canine Hero during Retirement Celebration There were cheers and tears today at the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University as retired service men and women said farewell to one of their heroes-- an almost 13-year-old Golden Retriever/Labrador mix named Andi.
12/22/2015 Stony Brook WTC Wellness Program Donates 9/11 Responder Oral Histories to the Library of Congress Benjamin Luft, MD, the Edmund Pellegrino Professor of Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Director of the Stony Brook WTC Wellness Program, has announced the donation of the first installment of a collection of oral histories provided by 9/11 World Trade Center responders to the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center. The Center will become the permanent home of the collection, known as the "Remembering 9/11 Oral History Project." Dr. Luft, along with colleagues, established the project by recording the histories of responders who attended the Stony Brook WTC Wellness Program, which cares for some 6,900 responders.
12/10/2015 Stress-Induced Loss of NG2 Glial Cells in the Brain Causes Depression A Stony Brook University-led research team has discovered that when a rare type of glial cells, called NG2 glia, are depleted from the brain in mice, depressive-like behaviors occur. This finding, published early online in the journal Neuron, helps to advance the understanding of brain changes associated with depression and suggests novel therapeutic targets for antidepressant drug development.
11/20/2015 Surviving the Holidays with DiabetesThe holidays are a time to gather with family and friends. It's also a season to indulge in all of your favorite holiday foods and drink. For people living with diabetes, keeping blood sugars under control is often a challenge, but the holiday season can bring additional hurdles.
11/19/2015 Don't Let Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Ruin ThanksgivingThe holiday season is upon us and most days and nights will be filled with delicious festivities! However, with millions of Americans suffering from heartburn, fear may set in when anticipating these celebrations.
11/16/2015 Stony Brook Children's Hospital Expert Shares Tips with Parents on When to Use Antibiotics and When At-Home Remedies May Do the Trick Antibiotic resistance, which occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics, is among the most pressing public health threats. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with a broadening partnership of international and national partners, will observe the eighth annual "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" between November 16-22 to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use across all health care settings.
11/11/2015 Stony Brook Docs Says Small Steps May Help When Dealing with a Growing Diabetes Problem There are currently 29 million Americans living with diabetes and the World Health Organization predicts that by 2050 one in every three people will have this disease. Recent data shows that pre-diabetes, a condition that puts you at great risk for developing diabetes, exists in 37 percent of the population-- meaning that nearly 50 percent of Americans are dealing with the risks and implications of diabetes.
11/4/2015 Stony Brook-led Team to Evaluate Racial Differences in GI Cancer BiologyAmericans of African descent are at a significantly higher risk for developing and dying from Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, which include colorectal and pancreatic cancers, compared to individuals who are of Caucasian descent. Because of this health disparity, researchers from Stony Brook University, SUNY Downstate, and the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), are teaming up to launch a program to assess GI cancer biology in patients.
10/30/2015 Stony Brook Medicine Opens New Vascular Center Stony Brook Medicine celebrated the opening of the new Vascular Center at Nicolls Professional Park on South Howell Avenue in Centereach, NY, on Wednesday evening. This new, spacious 6,000-square-foot building will facilitate the growing clinical practice of Stony Brook Medicine's Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. Patients can expect clinical evaluations with the most advanced diagnostic tests, complete with state-of-the-art on-site procedure rooms for minimally invasive office-based treatments, plus an angiography/operating room suite. This new facility will serve as the home to Stony Brook Medicine's Aortic Center, Center for Vein Care, Hemodialysis Access Center, and Limb Preservation Center.
10/22/2015 Stony Brook Medicine Names New Assistant Dean for Ambulatory OperationsRichard Bias has been named Assistant Dean and Chief Operating Officer for Ambulatory Operations at Stony Brook Medicine. The announcement was made by Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior VP, Health Sciences, and Dean, School of Medicine; and Margaret McGovern, MD, PhD, Physician-in-Chief, Stony Brook Children's Hospital, and Associate Dean, Ambulatory Operations. Bias arrived on campus on October 1.
10/21/2015 Stony Brook Medicine Reaches Agreement with EmblemHealth to Include Exchange PlanStony Brook University Hospital and EmblemHealth have reached a provider services agreement effective November 1, 2015, resulting in in-network coverage through EmblemHealth's Select Care Network, for thousands of Long Islanders who are participating in health exchange plans under the Affordable Healthcare Act.
10/16/2015 Pain Management: No "One Size Fits All" Approach When Treating Chronic Pain Chronic pain - typically defined as pain lasting more than three to six months-- affects nearly 100 million Americans. It is the leading reason people see their doctors and it costs the nation over $600 billion a year -- more than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined.
10/14/2015 Long Island Motorcycle Enthusiasts Support Breast Cancer Awareness with 'Ride for a Cure' at Stony Brook University Cancer Center Over 150 Long Island motorcycle riders participated in the first annual 'Ride for a Cure' motorcycle run starting at Stony Brook University Cancer Center. Sunday, October 11, bikers revved their engines in honor of breast cancer patients and survivors from Stony Brook Medicine, sporting black and pink tee-shirts which were provided by 'World of Pink'.
10/8/2015 Team Stony Brook Signs Up over 500 New Yorkers During Donor Enrollment Day Potentially Saving over 4100 LivesIn New York State alone, over 10,000 people are waiting for organ transplants, according to LiveOnNY (formally the New York Organ Donor Network). Statewide someone dies every 18 hours while waiting for an organ transplant. Currently, more than 8,400 New Yorkers await kidney transplants, over 1,200 need liver transplants, and more than 350 need heart transplants - making the Empire State ranked the lowest state in registered organ donors in the country.